Apple’s ‘rock solid’ iPhone 5 kills Samsung Galaxy S3 in Android Authority drop test (with video)

“Folks, to quote our Darcy LaCouvee, the iPhone 5 is ‘rock solid,'” Bogdan Petrovan reports for Android Authority.

“It’s not often that you see such words on Android Authority,” Petrovan reports. “What could have pushed Darcy, an Android fanatic, to utter such radical words. Well, as much as we hate to admit it, the iPhone 5 did amazingly well in our drop test, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 came out in pretty bad shape. It’s the cold hard truth that we can’t hide and we can’t ignore.”

Petrovan reports, “This morning in Hong Kong, Darcy dropped the Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 a total of four times, each time from an increasing height. To make our drop test more realistic, we tried to recreate the accidents that happen most often in real life. We ruthlessly let the two devices fall to the hard pavement, just to see what happens. Needless to say, it wasn’t pretty… The hard aluminum shell of the iPhone 5 withstood the impact pretty well, and the glass protecting the display remained intact. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S3 predictably lost its back cover and suffered damage to the casing and the front glass. Sad, sad, sad.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Let the self-delusional rationalizations born of a massive collective inferiority complex flow forth with even greater urgency from the Fragmandroid settlers who not only fund and therefore tacitly, if not explicitly, condone criminal patent infringement and intellectual property theft, but who also secretly wish they were smart enough have gifted themselves with a real iPhone in the first place.

There’s still time to atone, settlers.

iPhone + iPad + iOS + Mac + OS X. Because life is short. Why settle for inferior plastic knockoffs?

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Dan K.” and “Brad G.” for the heads up.]


  1. Went to look at the new iPhone and I’m very happy with the changes except now iBooks look really skinny. I guess I can accept the compromise that it makes it a better Netflix and Hulu+ device. It just looks odd to have another quarter inch of text on the page.

  2. Please people, get a damn Otterbox Commuter or Defender case for your smartphones and avoid nearly all types of impact damage. Don’t depend on the smartphone design alone to protect from impact.

  3. The real key here is weight. When you drop 2 objects from the same height they have the same velocity when they hit the ground, but the energy they must dissipate is dependent on their mass using the formula 1/2 mass x velocity(squared). The iPhone 5 weight 112 grams vs 133 for the s3. So more energy when an s3 hits the ground from the same height.

  4. MDN, why do you always ‘hold back’ when presenting your take? We as readers, would appreciate ‘more’ of what you really feel about an issue and not feel restrained. More real effort required!!

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